Elmer E. Daneker, 86, died peacefully Dec. 24, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Patricia A. (Arndt) Daneker for over 50 years. Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Thomas) Daneker.
After graduating from Palmerton High School, he proudly joined the Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honored to be included as part of the Palmerton Area Veterans Memorial.
Carl W. Frantz, 85, of Lower Macungie Township, died Dec. 29, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Lois A. (Frantz) Frantz, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late William and Hulda (Hoppes) Frantz. He had a long career in banking starting with the Summit Hill Trust Co., then with First National Bank of Allentown, where he served as executive vice-president, next with Miner Savings Bank, serving as senior vice president and lastly with East Penn Bank.
Ruth R. Follweiler, 93, of Emmaus, died Jan. 2, 2019, under hospice care at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late George Follweiler who died in 2008 and the late Robert Althouse who died in 1952. Born in Mertztown, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Laura S. (Fegely) Dankel.
She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus and was a graduate of Kutztown High School.
She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed baking, coloring, shopping and playing the piano.
Betty L. (Heffner) Stump, 85, of Emmaus, died Dec. 29, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where she was a patient since Christmas Day. She was the wife of the late Roger S. Stump, who died Dec. 4, 1992 and the longtime companion of Ron Kaspern. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Percy P. and Verna (Mest) Heffner.
She was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Fleetwood.
Grace E. (Entenmann) Kirby, 98, of Macungie, died Jan. 3, 2019, in her residence. She was the wife of the late Horace E. Kirby. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late George L. and Rebecca (Mentz) Entemann.
Gaetano Randazzo, 53, of Macungie, died Jan. 3, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Maria (Amato) Randazzo. Born in Italy, he was the son of Rosaria (Gambino) Randazzo and the late Giovanni Randazzo.
He was the owner and operator of Joe’s Pizza II in Emmaus.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
Julia M. (Kuhar) Moroz, 93, formerly of Emmaus, died Jan. 3, 2019, at Luther Crest, Allentown where she had been residing. She was the wife of the late Eugene Moroz. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Julia (Fisher) and Alexander Kuhar.
She was a longtime member of Brookside Country Club, Macungie and enjoyed bowling and golfing with her husband and friends. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed traveling abroad. She and her husband enjoyed being snow birds in Florida for many years.
She was a member of Emmaus Moravian Church.
David Thomas Jones Jr., 57, of Lower Macungie Township, died Jan. 2, 2019, in his residence. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Darlene R. (Stuber) and David Thomas Jones Sr., of Lower Macungie Township.
He was a graduate of William Allen High School. He worked in shipping and receiving at Bridesburg Foundry, Whitehall, for over 15 years before retiring.
He served as shop steward for many years.
He is survived by his parents; son, Daniel D., of Lower Macungie Township; brother, Douglas T. and his wife Nancy, of Wescosville.
M. Minerva Fries, 100, of Emmaus, died Dec. 28, 2018, in The Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the wife of the late Joseph Schwartz and Alfred Fries. Born in Upper Milford Township, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Minnie (Nuss) Wagner.
She worked at the Emmaus Pajama Factory and as an assembler for Allen Organ Company for 20 years, retiring in 1984.
She was the oldest member of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church and a member of the Emmaus Historical Society and life member of Citizens Fire Co. #2.
Frederick S. Illes, 81, of Macungie, died peacefully Dec. 22, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy (Ryman) Illes. They were married for 56 years. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of Stephen Illes and Rose (Kerekes) Illes.
He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and retired from Captive Plastics after 23 years working as a plant manager and design engineer.
He enjoyed photography, reading world history, was a Civil War enthusiast and was always eager to discuss politics.